Biohazard Utilization Protocols (BUP)
An approved Biohazard Utilization Protocol (BUP) is required if you are planning to work with or import microorganisms, biological material or toxins in the laboratory. The approval process involves a review of the biological inventory items, procedures and physical facilities you plan to use. BUPs are to be completed for each laboratory, each course and each camp.
The requirement for a BUP was announced by Associate Vice-President, Research - Dr. Fiona McNeill in the memorandum distributed in 2012 found here.
Completing the Biohazard Utilization Protocol captures the necessary information for an informed review by the Presidential Biosafety Advisory Committee (PBAC). Principal Investigators must receive an approval from the PBAC before beginning work with biohazardous material.
PBAC meetings are held on the last Monday of every month. Submissions are sent out for review one week prior to the meeting, therefore please have your information submitted to the Karen Haines before the second-to-last Monday of each month.
The Biohazard Utilization Protocol is a one time-submission which requires amendments as needed, an annual administrative review and a 4-year committee review. It is meant to:
- provide a comprehensive assessment of laboratory-specific risk
- simplify granting application processes
- decrease administrative paperwork